You designed the Willow Urban while creative director at meme, a wellness destination founded on the principles of ‘simplicity, solace and silence’. This project was widely recognised – and shortlisted for the Dezeen Awards for Health and Wellness Interior. How does this project capture ‘wellness’ through design? And why is it, above all else, important to focus on human-centred design?
Megan Hounslow: Willow is an urban retreat based in Melbourne, consisting of a whole foods cafe, a movement and meditation studio, a day spa and a detox facility. This project is an excellent example of human-centred design as it offers a framework to promote movement, relaxation, healthy eating and lifestyle. The challenge was to combine two adjoining buildings and seamlessly merge a mix of uses with minimal sensory disturbances. The design required innovative engineering solutions to control acoustics, including filtering and tempering air, sound, and light while retaining ambient sensory conditions.